10 sources of plant protein and how to eat them
“Plant sources typically have more fiber and a higher micronutrient profile,” says registered dietitian Danielle Preiato, RDN, CSCS. “They contain vitamins and minerals that are not as abundant in meat.”
In fact, a a study that compares over 3,000 products1 found that plant-based foods are the richest in antioxidants, far ahead of meat, eggs and fish. Antioxidants 2 are compounds that slow or prevent cell damage caused by free radicals. By consuming more antioxidants, you can keep your body strong and healthy while fighting the effects of aging.
Plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains also contain key nutrients like fiber that can help regulate blood sugar level3 and keep you full.
When you eat 1 cup (or 225 grams) boiled spinach4for example, you get not only 6 grams of protein, but also 60.6 milligrams of vitamin C, 134 milligrams of calcium, and 1,600 milligrams of fiber—all essential nutrients for your body’s well-being that meat products lack.